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One-stop centres for woman, children support

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Health Desk- 11 Dec, 2019: Aiming to provide healthcare services and legal assistance to the oppressed women and children, government installed One-Stop Crisis Centre (OCC) in some of the selected government medical college hospitals.

The OCC system is now available at seven divisional cities as well as in Faridpur and Cox's Bazar Medical College Hospitals under the Multi-sectoral Programme of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs to prevent women repression.

These centers provide treatment facilities to the oppressed and tortured women and children as well as offer policing and legal assistance, forensic DNA test and mental counselling to rehabilitate them in the society.

The women and children, who are physically tortured, violated or burnt get medical, legal and other assistances free of cost at the OCC since the centres have doctors, police personnel, nurses, social welfare department officials, counsellors and lawyers.

Project Director of the Multi-sectoral Programme under the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs Dr Abul Hossain said the biggest facility of the OCC is that a victim can get all sorts of services from the OCC and he or she does not need to go to any other place for getting all necessary services.

Dr Bilkis Begum, Coordinator of the OCC at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, said with the limited space, it is not possible to accommodate all the victims here at the OCC at DMCH. "If the trial process is carried out in a much speedy manner, then the OCCs could have yielded much more results."

According to the data published in the April, 2019 edition of newsletter of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, the number of victims at the Nine OCCs in the first three months of 2019 increased by 9.13 percent compared to the victims, who gathered at the OCCs in the last quarter of 2018.